Thursday, 17 February 2011

Palestinian Authority torturers condemned by Human Rights Watch for death of Haitham Amer

From ISM
Jerusalem, February 16, 2011 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas should order an independent investigation into the death of Haitham Amer, Human Rights Watch said today. Amer died 18 months ago, allegedly under torture by Palestinian security agents. A criminal inquiry and subsequent investigation failed to punish anyone for his death.

In recent interviews with Human Rights Watch, three witnesses to Amer’s death independently provided graphic accounts of the events that led up to it. All three said they had provided the information in testimony at the inquiry and that they had identified intelligence agents who participated in torture, one of whom was never charged. Countries that provide direct support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) security agencies, notably the UK and US, should suspend aid to these agencies until officials are held accountable for human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said. more

IDF shoots dead three youths collecting sea shells on northern Gaza border

The three dead youths were collecting sea shells according to their families. Who will pay for this crime?
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Three Palestinians were shot dead in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Israeli military officials informed Gaza authorities.

The three were said to have been killed near the evacuated Doget settlement, north of Beit Lahiya. A Palestinian official in Gaza said he was informed that the men were shot allegedly sneaking into Israel.

Medics were alerted and permitted by Israeli forces occupying the border region to enter the "no-go zone" to retrieve the bodies, spokesman of the higher committee of ambulance and emergency services Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma'an. more

9 out of 10 attacks by Israelis on Palestinians lead to no indictment or punishment

Some facts on the discriminatory and fundamentally racist nature of the police and judicial process in Israel and the occupied territories when it comes to dealings with Palestinians. Racist attacks are increasingly carried out with impunity.
Yesh Din released today a data sheet on its monitoring of Police investigations of offenses against Palestinians.

The data sheet includes findings based on 642 investigation files opened in recent years by the Judea and Samaria police, based on complaints filed by Palestinian citizens of the West Bank, that Yesh Din has been following.

The findings show that only 9 percent out of 642 investigations which Yesh Din is monitoring, have resulted in indictments filed against defendants. The clear majority of investigations – more than 90 percent – are closed on grounds that suggest that the investigation has failed. more